Cubs May Minor 28 League Recap

Javier Baez hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th to give Daytona a 7-5 win over the Tampa Yankees. LHP Chris Rusin (Iowa) and RHP Kyle Hendricks (Tennessee) both made quality starts to help their teams to victories. Kane County fell to the Quad Cities in a rain shorted game. Plenty of roster activity.

Iowa 6, Nashville 2

Chris Rusin pitched eight strong innings while Edwin Maysonet and Brent Lillibridge homered to lead Iowa (24-26) over Nashville (14-36)

At the Plate: Iowa grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second as Maysonet and Luis Flores hit sacrifice flies. Rusin helped himself in the fifth with a RBI single scoring Flores. After Brett Jackson walked to start the sixth, Maysonet hit his fifth homer of the year, a two-out, two-run shot. Lillibridge led off the seventh with his fourth homer.

Cubs Lineup: Watkins 2B (1-4), Bogusevic RF (0-4), Jackson 1-3 R 2B BB), Sappelt LF (0-4 R), Murphy (2-4 R 2B), Maysonet 3B (1-3 R HR 3RBI), Flores C (0-2 R RBI BB), Lillibridge 1B (2-4 R HR RBI), Rusin P (1-3 RBI)

On the Mound: LHP Chris Rusin (4-4 3.55 ERA) has his best outing of the season striking out eight in eight innings with six hits and one earned run. He threw 97 pitches, 72 for strikes. The lefty has yielded one run in his last 14 innings. RHP Eduardo Sanchez made his second appearance for Iowa allowing a run on three hits in the ninth.

Cubs Notes: I-Cubs third baseman and former # 1 pick Josh Vitters has been placed on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his rib cage. He has not played since May 24…...According to the Iowa Cubs transaction reports, Eduardo Sanchez was removed from Iowa's roster and put on the Chicago Cubs roster on May 27, even though he never played. He was then transferred back to Iowa on May 28.

Tennessee 3, Birmingham 2

Kyle Hendricks got his fifth win and Frank Batista recored his seventh save as Tennessee (27-23) downed first-place Birmingham (32-19)

At the Plate: The Smokies tied the game in the fourth as shortstop Arismendy Alcantara hit his eighth homer, a new career-high for a season. Tennessee took the lead in the fifth as Anthony Giansanti, Chad Noble and Elliot Soto all singled to start the frame scoring Giansanti. After Christian Villanueva tripled, Jonathan Mota delivered a RBI single to put the Smokies up 3-1 in the sixth.

Smokies Lineup: Torreyes 2B (0-3), Alcantara DH (1-4 R HR RBI), Silva CF (0-4), Wright LF (0-3 BB), Villanueva 3B (2-4 R 2B 3B), Mota (1-4 rBI), Giansanti RF (1-4 R), Noble (1-3), Soto SS (1-3 RBI)

On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks (5-2 2.47) made another quality start for Tennessee as the right-hander pitched into the seventh allowing six hits and two earned runs. He walked two and fanned six throwing 104 pitches, 65 for strikes. Kevin Rhoderick (0-0 6.23) worked a scoreless inning but got into trouble in the eighth walking a pair. Batista came in with two-out and allowed a single but centerfielder Rubi Silva fired home to catcher Chad Noble cutting the runner down at the plate to preserve the one-run lead. Batista (1-2 2.01) worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Daytona 6, Tampa 4—11 innings

Javier Baez hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th as Daytona capped off a wild comeback against Tampa.

At the Plate: Daytona scored its first run of the night on a double by Wes Darvill, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Zeke DeVoss in the third. Chad Kristt added a RBI double in the fourth scoring Ben Carhart, who walked. Carhart was hit by a pitch to leadoff the six and eventually scored on an error and a wild pitch. Daytona scored the tying run in the ninth on a strikeout and two errors. Geiger struckout for the third out of the ninth but the ball got by the cacher and Geiger was on. Taiwan Easterling pinch ran and took third when Carhart's grounder that was thrown away by the third baseman. Kristt followed with a grounder to short, but that too was thrown away allowing Easterling to score the tying run. John Andreoli led off the 11th with a bunt single and then Baez smashed a fastball over the fence for the Daytona win. The Cubs were 1-11 with RISP and left 12 on base.

Cubs Lineup: DeVoss (1-3 RBI 2BB), Andreoli LF (2-6), Baez SS (2-6 R HR 2RBI), Soler RF (1-5), Geiger (0-4), Easterling (0-0 R), Carhart 3B (1-3 2R, BB), Krist (1-4 2B RBI), Darvill (1-3 R 2B), Saunders(0-3 2BB)

On the Mound: Frank Del Valle improved to 3-0 on the season working two scoreless innings with two hits and two walks. He had one strikeout and lowered his ERA at 3.00. Larry Suarez, assigned to Dayton today, made his first appearance of 2013 tossing a shutout inning with a hit and one punchout. Austin Kirk (5-2 5.06 ERA) made his ninth start and he struggled with his control walking four and allowing seven hits in five innings. He was charged with three earned runs and fanned three. Austin Reed (0-0 5.25) allowed a run in two innings and Eduardo Figueroa (0-3 4.97) pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Cubs Notes: Catcher Yaniel Cabezas was promoted from Kane County to Daytona on Tuesday. He hit .324 in 11 games for Kane County, after starting the season on the DL. Cabezas was signed out of Cuba in December of 2010 for $500,000 and played in 47 games in 2011 between Mesa and Boise. He caught 58 games last year at Peoria hitting .197/.233/.245….RHP Larry Suarez was assigned to Daytona from extended spring training. Suarez started the season on the disabled list and has been in Mesa since the minor league season started. The Venezuelan native was signed in 2006 and has spent six season in the Cubs minor leagues. Suarez pitched in 30 games in Peoria last year and 10 in Daytona, all in relief.

Quad Cities 7, Kane County 5—6 innings

Quad Cities (28-23) scored early and often downing Kane County (24-26) in a rain-shorted six inning game.

At the Plate: Pin-Chieh Chen tripled home David Bote and Oliver Zapata in the third to tie the game at 2-2. Daniel Vogelbach ripped his seventh homer of the year, a three-run shot in the fifth, scoring Zapata and Gioskar Amaya. Zapata extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Cougars Lineup: Chen LF (1-3 3B 2RBI), Amaya 2B (1-1 2B 2BB), Vogelbach (1-3 R HR 3RBI), Candelario 3B (0-3), Shoulders RF (0-2 BB), Contreras C (0-2 BB), Hernandez SS (0-3), Bote DH (0-2 R BB), Zapata CF (2-2 2R).

On the Mound: For the second straight game, Dillon Maples (0-1 9.18) struggled with his control as he walked five and allowed seven earned runs in three innings. He gave up four hits, but one of them left the yard. He finished with five strikeouts and has 16 in 16.2 innings. Lendy Castillo (0-3 6.58) continues to pitch well in relief of Maples making his third straight good outing. Castillo went two frames allowing one hit and one walk with a strikeout. The right-hander has yielded one earned run in his last 12.1 innings.

Cougars Notes: Outfielder Reggie Golden has joined the Cougars from extended spring training. Golden missed almost all of last year with a strained left knee he suffered in the the seventh game of the season while rounding first base. He was the Cubs second round pick of the 2010 draft and had 7 HR and 39 RBI in 64 games at Boise in 2011. To make room for Golden, the Cougars placed Bijan Rademacher on the 7-day disabled list. Rademacher is leading Kane County regulars with a .320 average with 41 hits in 41 games. The Cougars also activated catcher Carlos Escobar from the DL. Escobar joined the Cougars from extended spring training in mid-May and played in five games going 3-19 before being placed on the DL.

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